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Brash Young Turks & Race @ The Film Boutique: June 2016

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I hope you have your tickets for the great line-up of films we have coming up in June at the UK’s No.1 and longest running exhibition platform of urban/black films.

This May we celebrated 18 years of leading the way in creating a platform for black filmmakers. Over the last 18 years we have worked on over 200+ films and organised marketing and PR campaigns for major film releases like: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Crash, Freedomland, Ong Bak, Red Tails, The Story of Lovers Rock, Ghett A’ Life, The Butler, Black Nativity, 12 Years A Slave, Half of a Yellow Sun, Starred Up, Fruitvale Station, The Maze Runner, Gone Too Far, Selma, Chris Rock’s Top Five and many other home entertainment titles.

Yep it was us, that set the path for others to follow in the field of film exhibition of urban/black films, but none other has done what we have done by moving into the mainstream and getting paid by mainstream films distributors to screen and market the very said films we choose to champion on our own at the outset of our long journey.

We all owe Kush CEO Marlon Palmer a debt of gratitude, for his vision and tenacity in realising this dream, a dream he still continues to fight for today; as not a lot has changed since 1998.

We could not have got where we are today without our supporters and we salute them for their long-standing support and the friendships we have built up over the years!

So right; what do we have for you in June, well we have a new British urban action-drama by filmmaker Naeem Mahmood and following the film ‘Race‘ which is the epic story of athletics NAEEM-MAHMOOD-DIRECTORlegend Jesse Owens who single-handedly slapped down the delusional dictator & mass-murderer Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics (see here for more info on Race).

Make sure you get your tickets and come on down and support these great films with your ‘bum‘ on a seat at the lovely Regent Street Cinema, the heart of film land London.

Tickets to all screenings is £15 (students: £11)
BOOK HERE: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/brash-young-turks/

Also see here for trailers etc & more info:
http://www.kushfilms.com/events/the-kush-film-boutique-april-june-2016/


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June 2016 at the Kush Film Boutique

We present a special exclusive screening of the new hyper-stylized action-drama that appeals to all with the story revolving around a tale of friendship, love and adulthood.

Brash Young Turks which will be attended by the director Naeem Mahmood, writer Paul Danquah and stars Paul Chiedozie and Melissa Latouche.


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BOOK HERE: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/brash-young-turks/

Special Guest Performance by hot new artiste
Dere-Marie
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Our home for all screenings:
The Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street,
London, W1B 2UW
Tel: 0207 911 5050


 

 

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Film Review: The Grandmaster

By Leslie Byron Pitt
02.12.14

 

 

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W
ong Kai Wai’s absorbing martial arts biopic deals with Yip Man (played by Tony Leung); the Wing Chun Grandmaster who made his style of fighting popular the world over, with his most famous student being the one and only Bruce Lee. Despite an adorable little cherub near the films close; who might as well be an unspoken substitute for the influential actor/artist, this film is very much centred on the trails of Yip as he moves from student to teacher.

Using the final reels of Fuji films 35mm stock, The Grandmaster holds a preciousness that seems to absorb that finality. This is a film that’s not only textured in its colour and look, but also in its feeling. The themes that appear within the movie are suddenly referential outside of it. The film, which speaks in grand gestures of craft being taught, kept and lost, is itself crafted on something which is literally dying and giving way to a new form of the craft. The symmetry is hard to ignore and seems incredibly clear in the work, which displays itself in lavish, bold cinematography and design. Each segment of the film feels like something that wishes to be taken hold of and cherished.

In terms of body of work, this feature is not Wong Kar Wai’s best. It touches on the same themes as his more famous pieces of work (Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, Fallen Angels), but never transcends them. This historic tale doesn’t feel as concise as its counterparts, which are equally as fractured from a narrative standpoint, but hold an acuteness about them that is sometimes lost here. The film only seems to hint at the harshness of the history it depicts, while Wong Kar-Wai’s love of slow shutter speed imagery, boarders more on excessive and does little to enhance the film as a whole. It’s also worth noting that the version of the movie I saw, was a director’s cut, reassessed by Wong Kar-Wai himself, for western audiences. The signposted title cards to help the western audience understand what’s going on, feel more like a distraction than a cohesive part of the film.

This doesn’t take too much away from The Grandmaster as an enjoyable feature. Purists could likely find the close up, fast cutting techniques frustrating to say the least. Yet those who have been around grandmasterWong Kar-Wai before will see where he’s coming from. The choreography is taut and precise, working in tandem with the tight cinematography. It focuses not just on feet and hands, but the very characteristics of each surface in each fight. Not only does the set pieces have a strong sense of geography, but a tactile physicality which ensures that when each blow hits, you can feel it.

We are also given two delicate and charismatic leads in Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Both give beguiling performances with Ziyi in particular nailing a tantalizing balance of repressed emotion and genuine heartbreak. A later sequence in which her character; Gong Er expresses no desire to continue martial arts, is a beautiful moment of fragile compassion that reminds you just why Ziyi was picked at such a young age for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

It’ll be understandable that some will leave The Grandmaster and feel a little lost from a narrative perspective, but hopefully that won’t stop them from being taken in by a highly expressive piece of film. Wong Kar-Wai has certainly made stronger films, but even this, holds the type of resonance that is sorely lacking in many western films.

Watch the trailer HERE
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